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Palma de Mallorca Celebrating the Diada

Palma de Mallorca had a very, very busy fortnight of activities and celebrations. First there was the 779th anniversary of the landing of Jaume I, instigating the Re-Conquista in 1229. There was also the 732nd anniversary of the Carta de franqueses i privilegis de Regne de Mallorca, constituting the Kingdom of Mallorca in 1276. Then there was the Festival Mare de Déu de la Salut to celebrate, plus the XII Trobada de Gegants de Palma and II Trobada de Gegants de Mallorca were to be held. All this happened during the 800th anniversary of Rei Jaume I, and culminated in the Diada de Mallorca, all coinciding in the space of the last week or two.

No wonder everybody was exhausted, including the Presidenta del Consell de Mallorca, Francina Armengol Socías (shown here: the lady in the white trousers), and the Batlessa de Palma de Mallorca, Aina Calvo Sastre (the lady in the green top, hidden behind senyora Armengol).

By the way, the Regne de Mallorca (Kingdom of Mallorca) lasted from 1276 until 1349, even though it was not officially dissolved until 1707. Some Mallorcans would still like to have their own king, if a king it has to be. 

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 13th, 2008. The time was 10:36:36.

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